Embrace Boston, The Embrace

Boston, Massachusetts, United States



Project Summary

MGAC provided project management services for the planning and installation of Hank Willis Thomas’ sculpture, The Embrace. We worked closely with Embrace Boston on planning for the landscape and art installation in Boston Common, dating back to 1634 and is the oldest city park in the United States. The 25-foot wide, 65,000 lb bronze sculpture memorializes both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, emphasizing the importance of collective action. Concentric rings of seating around the sculpture enable an intimate viewing experience for both large and small groups. The artwork is supported by a stainless-steel internal armature and is setting a new typology of public monuments.

In representing the artist for this commission, MGAC was involved with negotiating agreements, selecting the art fabricator, coordinating multi-tiered approvals, and planning for the installation with the general contractor who was responsible for the landscape and other construction.